The Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has urged the Federal Government to save the medical sector from imminent collapse, saying the present brain drain in the sector is like a disaster that is waiting to happen.
Iba Adams made the disclosure on Tuesday in Shasha area Lagos State at the 2022 edition of Elegbara Festival.
He bemoaned the plight of Nigerian doctors that have been leaving the country in droves.
He insisted that there is a huge gap in the sector that needs urgent intervention.
He said: “With the recent brain drain, it is very clear that Nigeria’s health sector is on the verge of total collapse.
“This is an emergency that should be addressed urgently.
“It is unfortunate to hear the reports of the National Bureau of Statistics that Nigerian doctors are leaving the country in droves.
“The report indicates that there is a huge gap in the health sector.
“The recent story that Nigeria today have only one doctor to about 6,400 patients in our hospitals is nothing, but a disaster waiting to happen.
“The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors had also said recently that about 4,000 medical doctors had finalised plans to leave the country for better jobs abroad.
“Nigeria’s health sector is in an emergency situation.
“At the moment, we have one doctor to 8000 Nigerians in our public hospitals.
“Unfortunately, over 38 per cent of Nigerians are presently suffering healthcare depreciation.
“For instance, in the last four years, Nigeria has lost over 2,000 doctors to the outside world.
“On the average, we lose between 100 and 160 doctors every month.
“If nothing is done to arrest the drift, Nigeria would come to a situation where we won’t have doctors in our various public hospitals.
“I call on the Federal Government to look into the welfare of medical practitioners in Nigeria so as to stop the ugly trend before it gets out of hand.”
Giving reasons for celebrating Elegbara Festival, Aare Adams restated the need to respect the Yoruba deities, saying Elegbara is a deity that has been mostly vilified in the world.
He said: “Elegbara is a deity.
“It is not satanic or devilish in nature.
“He is the king of all spirits in the world.
“We can also call Him the Olori Aiye because he is always in charge of the entire world.
“But it is sad thathe is the most vilified deity in the world.
“Both the Holy Bible and Holy Quran are very clear about the role of Elegbara in the creation of life and man.
“There is no country in the world that has abused Elegbara as much as Nigeria.
“Each time we talk evil of Elegbara, he destroys our economy and other institutions in the country.
“The more we abuse Elegbara, the more he brings untold hardship to the country.
“And we experience more pains and anguish.”
The Oba of Shasha Kingdom, Oba Babatunde Ogunronbi, eulogised the Olokun Festival Foundation under the leadership of the Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, for sustaining the cultural revolution project for the past two decades.
Oba Ogunronbi urged other Yoruba monarchs to support the OFF’s cultural promotion agenda in the South West.
He said: “I want to express my appreciation to the Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, for this gesture.
“He has done well for our race and he deserves our support in pushing forward the real ideals of Yoruba race.”
The Parakoyi Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Prof. Raheem Kolawole, in his address, applauded the Federal Government for the re-introduction of History in the country’s school curriculum.
Kolawole added that the initiative would broaden the knowledge base of the students.
Other guests present at the event included the Alaguda of Aguda Kingdom, Oba Akeem Agbaosi; Awise of Onigbongbo Kingdom, Oba Oluwasegun Adeyemi; Shasha Council of Chiefs; members of the National Executive Council and National Coordinating Council as well as members of different departments of the Oodua People’s Congress.